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Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre

Things to do, Cultural centres Crouch End and Hornsey
5 out of 5 stars
(58user reviews)
HTHAC, front, Hornsey 2015
HTHAC, swing, Hornsey
HTHAC, silent disco

A huge arts space in the heart of Hornsey in a beautiful old building. The historic art-deco space is set to be redeveloped in the near-future but at the moment it’s home to fitness studios, art gallery spaces, parties, a cafe, pop-up events and more.  


Venue name: Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre
Address: The Broadway
Crouch End
N8 9JJ
Transport: Hornsey rail
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4.9 / 5

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Really inspiring building. Got some amazing history to it (Queen's first London gig, and the Kinks, obviously) and very recently it's been revived for all sorts of things - from small business/creative startups through to public photo-shoots of live animals, the Sure is Funky club night, dance studios and performances. Back to being the centrepiece of the community...

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brilliant grade II*listed building, wonderful arts centre, centre of north London cultural life and most atmospheric place to have a coffee or shoot a Hollywood movie. In need of saving for the community for generations to come.

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This is the most beautiful building, Grade 2* listed, and an inspiring community space that I remember from my childhood. I played in massed recorder bands and sang in choirs here in the 1970s. You might know it as the set of TV drama 'Whitechapel', among others. It's got a theatre, a stunning staircase, numerous community spaces and wonderful, quirky fixtures and fittings. Currently it's home to a lot of small community businesses as well. It certainly needs some TLC but I understand that Haringey Council now want to sell off as much of it as they are allowed to a private developer with the minimum of community access. I feel cross about that. Are you cross, too? If so, please vote for it in these awards!

Tell Haringey Council to shove it by voting for this amazing building, now in danger of being sold off as a hotel.

Love this space! Roller disco and roller disco classes , free silent discos, amazing art and culture for kids and parents

I Cannot express how happy I have been over the last short while to see and enjoy the newly reopened Town Hall as The Art Centre. As a Crouch Ender of 53 years I so hope and prayer it goes from strength to strength but I am worried about Haringey Councils plans for the place and fear it will be sold off to overseas investors and not used for local small community groups and start ups as it should be. Its a publicly owned local building and should be the heart of this community and would be brilliant as a permanent art centre and creative hub.

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A previously disused council building has had its life breathed back in with a great team of culture curators.
There are studio spaces available for artists and an exhibition space for their work, dance classes daily, yoga, a great cafe, hidden bars and often all out banger nights with food music and more. Well worth a visit for the beautiful deco features also.

Just love what this place has achieved and what it's done for crouch end. Long may it continue :-)


Hornsey Town Hall is a fantastic venue in Crouch End which hosts a number of nights and special events. I went along to the Time Out Summer Shindig and, although it was raining, the evening brightened up my day with some great acts, food and DJs. Also an arts centre, we could peruse some of the installations in the gallery rooms, and also have a look at the "80 Beers Around The World" where we could order a variety of craft beers from one of the side rooms. Down in the basement is a stage area where live acts can play (complete with its own bar), there's also a courtyard area for chillout, as well as a large hall and main room for the marquee acts - when I was there it was Molotov Jukebox, a large band with a South American flavour. They also do Roller Discos in this room! The place has great character - it kind of feels like a sort of school hall but that's no bad thing. A great community venue.


Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre is located in a nice little square. Could image people having a picnic and enjoy the sun on the green if the weather is nice.  I went there because of The Summer Shindig event hosted by Timeout. 

The venue is spacious. Come with a lovely secret garden and a cozy cafe that been used as boardgame room that night. We had a couple of very good Pimms with lots of strawberries from the stall in the garden. It's a shame that the weather was a bit gloomy. 

After the live music performance, the main hall became a silent disco. Everyone seems enjoyed the music and themselves. It was a brilliant night out. 

An absolute blessing to Crouch End. The people behind this must never sleep - such a breadth of choice of events! I'm always watching the space for what is going to be happening here next - music, club night, art event? This great building seems to have fallen into the right hands - at last!

One of the most beautiful venues in London. Quirky, eccentric with such a welcoming arts community!

An absolutely inspiring place to go, every single time I go there. The variety of work they produce and the
'always welcome' attitude makes the place feel like a home for all those enthusiastic about culture and art, in ANY form you could possibly imagine! - What more could you want?

What an amazing building. We're so priveledged to be able to use such a beautiful building from the 1930s with so many original features. At last the building, at the centre of Crouch End, is being used by the people of Crouch End and not closed to the public just to be used as council office space. This could really bring our community together. Long may it continue.

Hornsey Town hall lies at the Centre of Crouch End; an area that has always had a strong connection with the arts and creativity. Hornsey College of Art which was one of the first UK art college to respond to the May 1968 student uprising in Paris was only two minutes away. Although the college closed its doors at the beginning of the eighties, the creative legacy have remained very close to the heart of many in the community and now Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre is poised to place the arts centre stage in Crouch End once again.

Amazing big one of a kind venue, with a great enthusiastic team putting on a whole array of events for every age group and interest. They do a really amazing job and should be cherished and praised for the work they do!

This building is an iconic landmark in north London. It must not fall into private developers hands and become luxury super expensive homes for non local people. It belongs to the local community!

This building is the focal point of Crouch End not only beautiful from the inside out but in a wonderful setting too.

This is a beautiful historic art deco building with lots of scope for community activity, including dances, live music, theatre, special screenings. Many people from outside the immediate area are also visiting to join in events and enjoy the architecture. There is potential work/ hot desking and meeting space right in the heart of our community meaning less commuting and a convenience for locals living in small places. The community has already really taken this venue to their communal heart - after it's been neglected and closed to us for years. The council want to sell it off - more unaffordable housing for an area that is in danger of losing its spirit as the demographics change. A committed team want to preserve the front part of the building especially for our use - it is after all a public building right in the centre of Crouch End - and the locals are fighting to keep HTHAC too.


The folks of Crouch End are I think waking up the fact that there's been an 'elephant in the room' all these years. Or rather a massive, beautiful, Art Deco building with stunning interiors as well as a beautiful modernist exterior -- right in the heart of Cround End. I've lived in CE for 15 years and always (mildly) felt it was a shame this building was so under-used (and for most of the past decade, barely used at all). But in the last year or so it's started coming alive - a small scale business centre, reguar art shows, club nights with thousands of nappy valley parents, dancing their socks of for the first time in years! And such a beautiful Art Deco interior, it's history and location right in the heart of Crouch End, This building has surely got start to play the role it was destined for -- becoming the heart of cultural and civic life in Crouch End and Hornsey, once again.

Please lets try to keep this key venue running and make it THE place for Crouch Enders to go for all things cultural and beyond....

Not only a beautiful and architecturally important building, but now a much-needed arts focus for the area, putting on brilliant events and providing space for local people to create.

The most wonderful building that has to be kept for the community and not sold off by the Council for luxury flats. It houses galleries, music events, festivals, fairs, small creative businesses and has a little cafe that sells great coffee. It is just beautiful to wander through and admire the original 1930s features - used by many film crews.

A fantastic venue for a wide variety of events! The building itself is worth a visit, a 1930's gem.

Hornsey Town Hall is THE hub for Crouch End's creative community. Fine artists and marketers rub shoulders in its Art Deco workspaces. There is a great cafe and dance studios. Regular soul nights and comedy events have given new life to a night out in N8. It's run by the community, for the community. I love it.

We went to see the Rugby World Cup opening match and it was ace. Great atmosphere, beer and pie all in a fantastic space, looking forward to going back to watch the final and seeing what else is coming up!

An incredible space, filled with beautiful Art Deco features, each room offering completely unique experiences.

Opened up for the first time in decades, this wonderful building provides the cultural buzz that Crouch End previously lacked.

Hornsey Town Hall is a wonderful Art Deco building that has been closed for 20 years until December 2014 when it opened as the fabulous Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre, offering art exhibitions, community spaces, yoga classes, kids workshops, silent discos, lectures, experimental theatre, swing dance nights, not to mention the 73 creative micro-businesses that operate from there. Too good to be true? Yup. Haringey Council are going to be selling it off to a private developer imminently. Vote for HTH to show your appreciation for this wonderful community asset! (You could also sign our petition to bring it into community ownership:

After being closed to the public for 10 years, this beautiful Modernist/Deco building is open for a one year lease before it is redeveloped. Don't miss this opportunity to step inside a remarkable space that you will recognise from your favourite movies, as well as The Hour, Whitechapel and more.

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